Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the fun lunch, and especially thanks for making sure the whole restaurant sang to me, Grandpa (I would have dodged it if it weren't for your "helpful" reminding of the server, lol).
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A few more fun changes in our Lo department. He has discovered how to make a squinty-eyed face, which I laugh at every time. I like to pause this video at the 37-38 seconds mark and just stare and laugh at that crazy kid. He does the same funny face several times on this clip, so watch til the end.
He sings along with us. This happened for the first time a couple months ago at church, but more recently has become a consistent "trick," so I'll finally say he learned how to do it. Yesterday at family home evening Jerry and I were singing a song about bishops (we just got a new one in our ward!) and Lo came to stand in front of us. He put a hand on each of our knees, then swayed back and forth "aah-ing" along with us. That is how he sings; "Aah's" and "Eh's" etc. mostly.He seems to revel in his newfound strength, and delights in carrying heavy objects all around--apparently just to prove to himself that he can lift them. A few nights ago he kept playing fetch with this large bundle of toilet paper rolls. Listen for his grunting and exertion as he lifts and carries. Also it cracks me up that he is so vocal in describing his efforts to us.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
He signs "more" and "all done," which is sometimes exciting and sometimes leaves me grimacing as I feel like I need to honor his communication attempts. The other day he was whining for an orange, and I didn't intend to give him one--but then all of a sudden he began signing "more," while stretching up at the counter toward the orange. So of course I had to give it to him after that. He loves oranges, grapes, and apples. I ration them as though they are candy. Because they sort of are the baby-candy-equivalent.
He can climb up and down from the couch and bed.
My favorite thing he does right now is to have periodic "resting" during active play. He'll be rushing all over, busy as can be, and then suddenly flop down on the ground and take a breather, his cheek against the floor so comfy. Sometimes he drops onto a stuffed animal or pillow or blanket that he's left on the floor, and that looks like a comfy spot to rest also.
He is definitely down to just 2 naps a day now. And the morning one is not as reliable as it used to be. I think we are still adjusting.
His favorite book is called Where is Maisy's Panda, which is a lift-the-flap book and Lo claps at the end when the panda is found. We think he is so brilliant. Or maybe just well-trained.
Speaking of training, we taught him a new trick. He plays "fetch." He has always liked playing catch with a ball, but now we can throw the ball really far away, across the room, and he'll run to get it, then run back and hand it to us. Then we throw it again, he runs for it again, and brings it back. Gets him nice and tired. =)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
If you want to focus on spirituality as well as religious knowlege, General Conference is happening this weekend. Yesterday I got to listen to the whole morning session almost entirely free of interruption since Lo took his morning nap at a freakishly late hour. Turned out for the best. I could go on forever about my favorite parts, but I'll just say for now that what stands out to me the most are themes of agency and integrity. I liked what Elder David M. McConkie said about a good teacher getting the students to act, not be acted upon. "A good teacher facilitates knowlege being caught rather than taught," he said. I have been thinking a lot about teaching our Lo, and especially wondering how to manage church now that our baby is so active. So I think I'll do a separate post on it another day, but do have some interesting thoughts now after prayerfully listening to the conference talks during Saturday's sessions.
Hope you can all tune in today to Sunday's speakers. Come, listen to a prophet's voice. And I hope we can all do better on our religious and spiritual knowlege--in America, and all over the world.